Product Type: ELF makeup
Newest Review: ... this is that it is very powdery. When I rub my brush along the surface (which has the ELF logo imprinted on it) it is quite crumbly. I worr... more
Blush - High End Quality For Budget Price!
Member Name: Machair1
Date: 20/03/12, updated on 21/04/12 (77 review reads)
Advantages: A good selection of shades, excellent performance and value for money.
Disadvantages: No brush and a small mirror
ELF STUDIO BLUSH
The subject of my review today is The Elf Studio Blush, which I am really pleased to say is one of my favourite blushers, and certainly one of my most inexpensive!
If you are new to the company Elf, also known as Eyes Lips and Face, they are a mail order cosmetics company. Their website is at www.eyeslipsface.co.uk and it offers excellent cosmetics which are beautifully packaged, and in my opinion are incredibly good value for money. The ordering process is simple, and postage is reasonable or free if you spend over £30. It would be quite hard to actually spend £30 though, as many products are only £1! All the items I have sent off for have been beautifully packaged in a secure mailing box, and delivered within two days which I think is excellent.
The Elf Studio Blush is not the only blush Elf sell; they also make a cream blush for £6.50, and a Natural Radiance Blusher which is only £1.50. The Studio Blush retails for £3.50, and is presented in black packaging. This resembles some of Nars products in that it is sleek and clicks open to reveal an integral mirror in the lid. The product sits underneath and has a plastic protective sheet over it. There is no brush supplied, but for the money I wasn't expecting this. Certainly the Bourjois Little Round Blush pots have the advantage of a mirror and brush, but they do retail for more, but NYC available from Superdrug does supply a brush with their blushers, and these retail at a similar price to the Elf, so it is something to think about. The Elf blush is one of the most lasting blushers I have used in terms of being visible on the skin for hours, so it isn't as critical as some products to have a brush included.
The Studio Blush is available in 11 shades so there is something for everyone. From the look of the Dooyoo picture this shade would be Pink Passion which is a fushia pink. I probably wouldn't pick this myself but I understand from some reviewers that this shade is easy to wear if you apply with a light touch. I purchased Blushing Rose which is gorgeous. It is a sheer blush in a rose gold shade, and it gives you a healthy English rose glow. It is similar in colour when applied to the skin, though not in the pan, to the Sleek blush in Rose Gold that I have reviewed before on Dooyoo. There are also peachy shades to choose such as Peachy Keen, which also doubles up as a bronzer, and a lighter pink called Tickled Pink if you just want a light dusting of colour.
The blush is really easy to apply- I use a Kabuki or a blush brush, and a light application is all you need to ensure a warm and healthy finish. It blends so well and looks natural. It has a very slight shimmer, but is mostly semi matte which is a look I really like.
I usually like to mention the rating given to a product by the reviewers over at Make-up Alley, This website is just a dream, as it has almost every make and shade you can think of together with reviews and ratings for each of them. This is so helpful as it guides you through the maze of cosmetic buying preventing costly mistakes. The shade of blush that I purchased is awarded a 4.2 rating out of 5, which is excellent as it refers to the number of people who would re-purchase the product. This is a high rating as reviewers over there are very discerning and don't award high scores lightly.
At my age, which is almost 52, I am sometimes wary of using powder blush, preferring to use cream products as they help to moisturise the skin. However having said that I really love this powder blush from Elf almost as much as my cream blushes, as I have noticed no drying effect on the skin at all, and it sits well on the cheeks highlighting them with a soft glow, and imparting no powdered or cakey finish.
I think this product is a prime example of how sometimes you don't have to spend a lot of money to own a really lovely product. Yes I do buy MAC products from time to time and I love most of these, Bare Minerals is another of my favourites too, but both are expensive, and in these economically challenged times it is lovely to find inexpensive gems. I also find that it helps me to have a choice when it comes to products as with Elf, and many other excellent budget brands, you can collect quite a few, and have a choice to create different looks depending on what you are wearing that day.
I think that my only reservation would be the size of the mirror which is just over half the size of the lid, but really for the price I would probably not have expected a mirror at all. The small mirror is designed on purpose as the extra space allows for a clear window. This is so that you can see the shade for yourself before opening the compact. The lack of brush is something that isn't important to me anyway as I use my own and rarely have to touch this up at all during the day.
I will certainly be collecting more shades in the future as l have been delighted with my purchase, and certainly for the cost it is actually so uplifting to find something so good. I also love the Sleek blush range available from Superdrug and online, and see the Elf blushes in the same way as these. They both offer quality and provide affordable products to everyone. I think the Elf wins over the Sleek on packaging though. With its Nars style black case which exudes sophistication and style, it can easily deceive an untrained eye into thinking it was a high end purchase!
This review is also published on Ciao under my user name Violet1278.
Summary: A really good blush at an excellent price.